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You can place residential wood debris curbside with your regular trash.

Wood debris includes:

  • Tree branches and limbs
  • Twigs 1/2 inch in diameter or larger
  • Firewood
  • Bushes and shrubs
  • Lumber and other debris from do-it-yourself home projects

To dispose of residential wood debris, you must:

  • Securely tie it in bales no more than two feet high and four feet long.
  • Use twine or rope to tie up the bundles of wood. Don't use nylon line, tape, or other binding material.
  • Remove any nails from the wood.
  • Place the bundles out curbside between 4 PM and midnight the day before your trash day.

Visit the Trash, Recycling, and Compost Collection Schedule page to look up your collection schedule.

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is changing the usual time for placing trash, recycling and compost out at the curb for collection. The new set-out times would help keep city streets clean and reduce food sources for rats.

Under the new rules, residential buildings would have up to three options. Each option would decrease the amount of time items are left on the curb:

  • Place items out after 6 PM in a secure container (bundled cardboard can also be placed next to the container), or
  • Place items out after 8 PM if putting bags directly on the curb, or
  • If a building has nine or more residential units, the property owner may opt in to a 4 AM to 7 AM set-out window instead. 
    • The opt-in period would run for the month of January each year, allowing DSNY to design quick and efficient routes that take effect April 1.

The new set-out times will go into effect on April 1, 2023.

You can submit feedback to DSNY about the new set-out time policy.

Wood debris from construction or home improvement projects is considered commercial waste unless you did the work yourself and did not hire anyone to help.

If you are doing a major construction or renovation project in your home and you hire someone to help, they are responsible for disposing of lumber and other construction material.

If you do repair work in your own home and do not hire anyone to help, you can put out up to six items (bags, bundles) out for collection with your regular trash.

The Department of Parks and Recreation will clean up all or part of a curbside tree that is damaged as a result of weather related activity or other causes.

When a forestry crew cannot immediately remove the debris resulting from their work, they will leave the brush or logs neatly piled near the curb. A crew will be assigned to the debris removal, and the matter will be resolved as soon as possible. The worksites are left as clean as possible, but the area may not always be completely free of small twigs, leaves, chippings, or sawdust.

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